Opioid overdose death epidemic has claimed many lives. As per the recent reports published by the National Center for Health Statistics, the deaths from the said drug overdose has increased from 16.7 per 100,000 in the year 2015 to 19.9 in the year 2016.
The initial reports indicate that drug overdose deaths were mainly witnessed in Maryland, Florida, and Maine. However, the most affected has been Ohio, where the estimated deaths caused due to opioid epidemic rose by 25% in the year 2016.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that 52,404 opioid overdoses were caused in 2015. The CDC also stated that the year saw an alarming hit in deaths caused due to opioid overdose, such as from use of opioid painkillers as well as heroin.
These facts indicate towards a nation getting addicted to opioids. What is most horrifying is that there are numbers to back the fact that this addiction slowly growing.
However, many state agencies have stated that this number could go upto 59,000 deaths.
Drug investigators have found out that most of the users of these drugs are between the age group of 20 and 40. In most of the cases, the addicts are known to smoke heroin and drugs laced with potent fentanyl.
Fentanyl, even in a dose of 2 milligrams is enough to kill an adult. There have been reports of even powdered Fentanyl being used by the addicted users.
However, nothing much could be done in these cases. Many areas such as Virginia have witnessed an increase in deaths related to Fentanyl overdose by nearly 30 percent.
Fentanyl is basically an opioid medication which is used for treating pain during and after a surgery is done. CDC however states that Fentanyl can be highly addictive even though taken in small doses.
Researchers have also found out that most of opioid overdoses are caused most likely from the prescriptions drugs only. CDC also stated that four out of five who used opioid drugs were able to accumulate these drugs from prescribed pain medications.
These increasing deaths have no doubt brought into limelight the flaws in drug control laws. Thus, much needs to be done to prevent more of these casualties. Public should be made aware of the health hazards caused by opioid over usage and strict rules need to be implemented to put a check on these drugs overdose.